Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 13, 2017 and on FACEBOOK!

Hi Momma!

Before I get into more details, the Oregon Eugene Mission is now on Facebook. You can friend me if you’d like! Communication rules are still the same, but I’ll be posting things on Facebook that you’ll be able to like and share with others that might need an uplift.

Okay, my week has been crazy as well!! We had Zone Conference this week in Grants Pass! It was so fun to go back up there! During Zone Conference we went over the new Facebook initiative. It was so crazy! The work is changing and I’m so excited to be apart of it. This is going to be the way that we can flood the earth with uplifting messages about Jesus Christ.

We also were trained on how to be more effective, obedient, loving missionaries. I’m excited to implement these into my missionary work. After Zone Conference, I got permission to go to Mark and Jamie Hasting’s house for a bit. I only had 15 or so minuets to talk to them, but it was so worth it. Jamie got baptized not to long ago, and Mark just received the Melchizedek Priesthood. It was so great to catch up with them.

We spent Thursday night in Medford due to the weather. It was winter driving conditions, and it was super dark... President Orton gave us permission to stay the night and drive back on Friday. We were able to stay for New Missionary Training Friday morning as well. That was good because Elder Smith would have had to Skype in if we were down in Yreka, and that is just no fun.

Let’s see... I don’t think I have much else to report on. Mark and Megan have been out of town for the past week, but they finally got back home yesterday. We are going to teach Mark tomorrow, so that’s good.

This is the last week of the transfer! I won’t know what’s going to happen until Friday or Saturday.

Also, bad news... my iPad screen is kinda broken. No, I didn’t drop it. It’s not cracked. There is something behind the screen that is going out.. the bad news is the church won’t fix it, and the iPad is out of warranty. It’s going to need a new digitizer, which means a whole new screen. It’s going to have to come out of my own pocket as well... maybe for Christmas instead of getting me anything, could you help me out with that? I’m not sure how much it’s going to cost but I imagine it’s going to be expensive. If not, that’s okay. I have enough saved that I’ll be just fine. I’m waiting until after Transfers to investigate further.

I’m glad Elise is having fun and is doing well. I also am glad she’s spending some time around the temple. That is such a great place to be.

Sounds like dad gets to be home this week and is off next week. That is good... it stinks he is gone all the time.

Before I go I just want you to know I this church is Christ’s Church. Christ lives. He loves us. He wants us to be happy, and we can find lasting happiness through him. I know, because I feel that happiness in my life.

I love you mom! Thanks for everything you do! 

Elder Snyder 

I was able to send Bracken a quick email telling him our neighbors just got him a visa gift card. This was before we even new his Ipad was broken! He was so grateful that they did that and will help so much with that repair cost. It will be there soon as we stuck it in his latest in package I mailed on Tuesday. :) 

November 6, 2017

Hey Mom :)

Happy Birthday! I wish I could have been home to celebrate your birthday... but by your next birthday I’ll be off my mission and I’ll be able to be in more contact with you :)

I’m glad your birthday was fun and you are having a good time with everything. Bonefish Grill is so good! I haven’t had anything so good in a while. Not much good to eat down here.

I’m glad you had Tuba Breakfast! That’s so fun! I can’t wait to see those kids again, they were my favorite. They made me laugh so much when I was a senior!!

My week was crazy! On Monday we carved pumpkins after we came in for the night. We spent the night telling scary stories and stuff for the night before Halloween.

On Tuesday we had a lesson with Coleton. It was awesome! We read Moroni 10 with him and asked him how he felt when he read the chapter. He said he felt the spirit and that was super cool!! Coleton is a L/A member, but he really wants to get back into church. It makes me so happy when we meet with him because we get to see the progress he makes. Elder Smith and I made ribs all day to celebrate Halloween. It was awesome.

Wednesday! Etna day!! We went Down and visited Renee and helped her on her property. I’m not sure if I’ve told you but Renee is the cousin of Mary, the recent convert from Oakridge. For dinner on Wednesday we went to Relief Society Dinner we were invited to by the Etna Ward. It was so fun! They were so welcoming and friendly. The members there want full time missionaries so bad, I asked President Orton if he needs to open an area to look into opening Etna.

Thursday. Thursday we had interviews with President Orton. That was so good! We talked about the work, and how things are going. I love President Orton so much. He is such an inspired man. After interviews we went to do Exchanges in Medford 6th Ward. Those Elders are awesome! Elder Richmond is from Southern California and is in his 3rd transfer, while Elder Clark is in his first transfer and is from Utah. They are both super funny and are good good Elders.

Friday was District Meeting. We did Exchanges with the Zone Leaders after DM. That was great as well. The Elders are super cool and are hard working. I definitely learned a lot from them.

On Saturday we ended our exchange with the ZLs, ate lunch up in Medford, then got back to work in Yreka. We hit the ground running trying to find people to teach.

Sunday was stake conference for us. It was a great meeting; the talks were all about missionary work. I loved all the testimonies of missionary work. After, we had lunch with members, then went out to try and find people to teach. We also went to Coleton’s to set up a lesson, then went to go visit some L/A and part member families.

That about wraps up my week. I love you mom! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I miss you so much! Only 20 weeks to go! It’s so exciting!! Thanks for supporting me in this. I pray for you as well.

I love you!

Elder Snyder
Our pumpkins. Mine is the upside-down one.

My ribs! I’ll have to make a rack of ribs for everyone when I get home. My rub recipe is amazing, and I can cook some killer ribs...

Us today at the Sivulas. It’s super. Cold out so.... hence the hat

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October 30th

Hey Mom!

I’m doing well :) I loved getting that picture of me! I remember when you took that picture! I sure loved playing in the dirt... guess somethings don’t change... hahaha
This is the picture I sent...that's what he gets for not sending me any pics of himself this week! ;)

Not much to report on today. Friday We went to District Meeting in Medford. It was good! Everyone said the lesson went well, so that made me happy. By the time we got back from Medford, it was time to go out to dinner. They lived far away, so that took up the majority of the day.

On Saturday we did service at the museum as they were having a big community event. It was a ton of fun! After we went over to Marks house to help him take the shingles off his roof. It was a lot of hard work, but so worth it. He took us to dinner afterwards (which we told him not to do, but he insisted) so that was awesome. We also invited him to church, which he said yes! That made us pretty happy.

Sunday! We had a great day! Mark, and our other investigator Jeff, came to church. It was awesome! They both had a great time! We had dinner with a part member family, and we had a great time! They sang us songs and played guitars for us. They were so awesome!!

That about wraps up my week. Sorry I don’t have much else to write about, I guess that’s what happens when pday is on Thursday!!

I do want to let you know that I know this gospel is true. I know that the church is Jesus Christ’s church on the earth today. The priesthood has been restored. God is speaking to man again.

I love you mom!! Thanks for everything you do!

Elder Snyder

Sorry I don’t have any pictures save one. It was a semi from Florida!

October 26th- Elder Snyder loves the Country Life!

Howdy Mom!

How are you doing today? I’m doing well!

I get to go to the Medford Temple today so I’m super excited! It’s a super small temple, but it’s going to be a good time for sure!

This last week and a half have been so awesome! So much has happened I’m not sure I’ll remember all of it!

Last week kinda flew by. Tuesday we went with Mark up to a lake for lunch and a lesson. It was awesome! They went fishing as well, so we got to watch them bring in some trout. We got to tie in fishing to the New Testament. It was fun! Now to clarify, Elder Smith and I didn’t go fishing, but we did get to help clean some of the fish.

On Wednesday to Thursday we had exchanges. Elder Atkinson and Robinson came down. It was fun! We got a lot of good work done.

On Thursday morning, however, our car wouldn’t start. The battery in it had died. We got the car jumped, and drove to a car place in Yreka. They didn’t find anything wrong the battery, they said it just went flat (but I knew better) so the vehicle coordinator told us to go up to Medford to get it looked at by the dealership. Well, you know how dealerships are.... we were there the rest of the day.

Friday was District Meeting and that went well. On Saturday nothing big happened except we got to visit with one of the Sivulas kids and their family. They took us to get ice cream so that was super fun!

Sunday! Mark came to church! We also went and visited a couple families, but nothing too big to report on that. 

Monday! Monday was fun. We got our laundry done, then we did service at the museum! After, we went and helped butcher a pig. That was so cool!! The more I’ve lived out in the country, the more I want to live out in it.

Tuesday! We did a whole lot of Tracting to find more investigators! It was good!

Wednesday was routine 

Thursday! Today! We just got done with the temple! I’ll send pictures and stuff when we get to Yreka!

Love you mom!
Elder Snyder

I got a text from the Sivula family that took Bracken to ice cream: 
I love that people look after my son :)


Pictures from the Medford Temple Trip:
Bracken and Elder Larsen

Bracken and Elder Atkinson

Bracken's Comp, Elder Smith along with Elder Atkinson and his Comp

Bracken with his zone, the Medford Zone :)

I asked Bracken to explain on this week's e-mail, but he forgot and I forgot to ask him again. I'm not sure what this water fountain was, so I looked it up an this is what I found:

Silly kid! 

Pics from the Mission

I love it when someone emails me or texts me pictures of Bracken. These were sent on October 23rd with the saying, "He is a good missionary!" ~From the Sivulas

October 23rd

Hey Mom, got some good news and some bad news.

Good news is I’m alive and doing well.

Bad news is I’m writing this email to tell you I’m not going to be able to email today. My Pday will be this Thursday because of our temple trip. I haven’t gone yet, but my Zone will go on Thursday. I’ll be sending emails on that day.

Love you mom!!

Elder Snyder

October 16th

Hi momma!

How’s it going?

We’ve had a good week, and I’m glad that you had a good week as well. I love the pictures of that cute baby!!!

I’m glad that you got to help with that service project. That’s the best thing to do. Mosiah 2:17 states 

“17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

I love doing service because it’ll help us feel closer to God. 

How are you doing otherwise? I’m sorry to hear Dad is so busy...  Once you get Elise out of the house, you and dad should go on a senior mission. It’d just be you, Dad, and the work. AND you’ll spend time together all the time. It’d be the best thing ever.

Well, my week was great! I don’t remember what happened on Tuesday, but I know that we had lots of lessons with our investigators this week. We also had a good time in Etna on Wednesday, and are looking forward to going down again this week. Good news, Elder Atkinson is coming down here for exchanges so I’ll get to see him. I’m glad he’s in my District! Elder Atkinson and Elder Robinson will help Elder Smith and I in Etna so it’ll be a blast.

On Thursday we did weekly Planning and Tracting. It was a good day. I also prepared for district meeting, and I was the rest of the day.

Friday was pretty fun. We had district meeting, and that went really well. We did a get to know you question at the beginning, then we set goals for the district, then I taught a segment which I call “faith, repentance, and commitments.“ After that we practiced extending invitations and commitments. We then did a book of Mormon read for Moroni chapter 7. It was awesome.

After district meeting, we had the zone lunch, and then we did power hour (which when we all tract in another Elders area) Then drove back to Yreka. We had a lesson with Mark, in which we invited him to come to church. He excepted, and came to church! It was awesome to see him there on Sunday.

On Saturday we did a bike day. We parked the car, and biked around Yreka all day. It was a ton of fun! But my legs are really sore because I don’t matter which direction we go it’s uphill both ways. Saturday morning we helped Mark clean his gutters, and then we helped give a blessing to one of the sisters in the ward, then we tracked it for the rest today. That sums up our day. 

Sunday was super cool because we had five non-members attend Sacrament meeting. The word was pretty stoked about that. We hope to continue to have that and more come each week so that we can increase the membership here in Yreka.

Mark (our investigator) and Megan (his member daughter) needed help moving hay bails Sunday afternoon, so we went and helped. It was a blast! We were walking trying to catch their horse, and a herd of sheep started to follow us. It was symbolic or something... hahaha😂😂

Well, that’s about it for us! We’re going to the temple on Thursday the 26th so I’m looking forward to that!

Love you mom! 

Elder Snyder

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 9, 2017

Howdy mom!

I’m glad that you got to see Jason and his family!! I will definitely keep him in my prayers. I’m excited to see everyone so happy! I can’t wait to them when I get home!

This week has gone by so fast!! It was the last week of the transfer, so time always flies by!

Transfer News. I’m staying in Yreka with Elder Smith, AND I’m going to be a District Leader again! I’m not sure who is in my district yet, but I’m hoping Elder Atkinson and his comp are. We shall see what happens next week.

This week has gone by fast, but there is not much to report on. We tried talking to lots of people, but nothing really came of it. We didn’t find anyone new or have any real solid lessons, but the work goes on.

I do have some pictures from Etna. Fall is here, and it is beautiful. The colors are bright and the are is cool. I’m worried because it’s going to get cold here in a bit, but for now it’s really nice.

I’m up in Medford today to get some stuff and to run some errands for the mission office. It’s going to be a fun day. I get to hang out with Elder Atkinson so I’m pretty happy about that.

I don’t have much time or much else to say. I know that the church is true and that Jesus lives. 

I love you so much! I’ll have lots of stuff to talk about next week!

Elder Snyder

That goofball---I miss that boy of mine! I was thinking of him today and just want to hug him! 

October 2, 2017

Hi mom!

How’s it going?

No, we weren’t able to go help with the pig... we got too busy to go help... but we are going over to the Pollocks sometime soon! They’re the coolest aren’t they?

This week has been so great! General Conference was just the best wasn’t it?

Let’s see, this week has been pretty fun of the mill. We tracted a whole lot, and we had a lot of great lessons!! Monday and Tuesday we have nothing to report on.

Wednesday was fun! 
We went to do service cutting wood, then went out to Etna to help a lady build fences for her horses!! We were exhausted!! After that, we ate dinner at a members home down in Etna, then went out and contacted some families. We didn’t stay the night in Etna, because Thursday morning we had to drive up to Medford, so we went up to Yreka and slept there.

We had interviews with President Orton. We drove up to Medford around 8:00 to be there on time. It was so fun!! President Orton is such a great man. We had a really good interview and I’m excited to see where the mission goes in the next six months.

Friday was a fun day. We went to District Meeting with the Sivulas. We chatted about the Book of Mormon and also the Zone Conference we had a week and a half ago. After we did power hour (the whole zone Tracting in one area) then we had lunch with the Zone. After we had a few appointments and we went and did some more Tracting. It was a pretty good day. We only got told we were going to hell once!! Hahaha :)

What a great day of conference! We watch Conference with a family in Yreka. They were so nice! Since the morning session started at 9:00am our time, they had us over for breakfast. We did work between the sessions, but they invited us over to watch the other sessions with them. 

What another great sessions of conference! We watched the first session again with the same family that had us over for the Saturday sessions, then we watched the other session at the church. What a wonderful conference. I learned so much!

I am so thankful for prophets and apostles to speak to us. I’ve learned so many insights to the gospel by listening to these inspired men. Some cool stories. Remember Elder Parrella from the Seventy? He spoke in the Sunday afternoon session. He was one of the seventy that spoke to us at Zone Conference. Also, remember the talk on miracles? Where he talked about Mt. Shasta? That’s half in our mission. I’ll send you a couple pictures of it.

I love you so much. I love that book that’s blue, I know the church is true, and I’ll see you by next Conference :)

Elder Snyder

P.S. We were at the dealership and the shooting was on the news. So sad to hear... my prayers go to them.

Tell Miss Kristin I found Cheerwine!! 

I got to hang out with Elder Atkinson

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

More Pics...

Elder Snyder sent a few more pics from Monday...

This pic was taken by Elder and Sister Danley and text to me with this message:
"Guess who we found this morning? He and Elder Smith helped move couches out of a senior couple's apartment. Elder Snyder is always so happy to help wherever he is!!"
I am so thankful when I get pictures of Bracken. If you ever run into a missionary, take a picture of them and text it to their mommas!! 

We love seeing these numbers go down!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

18 Month Mark!!

Hey Momma!

How are you doing? I'm so glad that you're doing well!! I'm glad that you went out with the Missionaries!! I love when members come with us, it's the best!

How are the missionaries in our ward? Are they stellar? Our ward deserves the best :) make sure you tell those missionaries I'm thankful for their service!

I'm sorry you're having poor air quality. We've had excellent air since the fire in Etna got put out. I've been breathing a lot better since all the smoke got put out.

I hope you'll have some good rainfall to help put the dust out of the air. How's is the clean up doing? Are things getting back to normal? How's Elise doing in school? Is the school back up and running?

My week has been great!! We had a wonderful finding week. We found 7 new investigators and placed 9 Books of Mormon. That puts us at 27 for this transfer!! Not that it is a competition (which we are in competition with the Zone) but we are leading the Zone by a considerable amount.

We taught quite a bit of lessons. We've been really working on making sure every contact is a chance to teach. We've made a great effort to teach both in Yreka and in Etna. The area is really growing! The Sivulas just put a 9 year old on date for baptism as well. Both us and them are doing so great!!

Any cool stories... well, Elder Smith almost got bit by a dog in Etna!! We were Tracting and this hyena dog came up and tried to bite Elder Smith!! It snagged his pants!! It was crazy!! It's a laughable thing because Elder Smith is okay, and with no bite. We were a little frustrated at this dog, but we laugh about it now.

I also hit my 18 month mark this week. I recorded my testimony to send it to you so I'll do that. That night we BBQ some chicken and brats and I burnt my pants for the 18 month mark. I'll attach a video and pictures for that.

Other than that my week was pretty routine. I did, however, have a bit of revelation this week with the help of an Elder in my district. We were doing practice teaching and the Missionary taught me this scripture.

Alma 13

"28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;"

I've heard it said that God won't give us anything above we can bear, but that's not the case. We need to watch and pray continually, THEN we won't be tempted above what we are able. God loves us, as we turn towards him, we will be protected because of our foundation we are built upon.

I love you momma

Elder Snyder
Bracken's Testimony

Burning of the Pants

Sept. 18th

E-mail #1
Hey Mom!

I don't have a ton of time right now, but I'll send out a big email in an hour or so, we need to run to the store.

Two things though. Yes, I got the package :) I loved it!! Thanks for the shirt and for the gift cards and the snacks!! It's so weird that my time is winding down... 

Second, the General Authorities were Elder Whiting and Elder Parrella. They were so cool!! I chatted with Elder Whiting one on one after the conference in an interview with him. It was so neat! He was so kind:)

Anyway, I love you! I miss you too!

Elder Snyder

E-mail #2

Hola Momma!

Now we're back and I'm going to tell you all about my week!

My week has been long, but extremely good. We started out by having so many appointments on Monday night and Tuesday that we were always rushing around and had no time to tract!! It was so fun (but exhausting). I'm not sure if I've told you, but I cover two wards that are very big. The main area we cover is Yreka, and the furthest away area is Etna. Once a week we stay in a members home in Etna and we do work down there. That's what we did on Wednesday and Thursday. We tracted the whole time, but found two new investigators and placed six Books of Mormon.

On Friday we had Zone Conference. It was so great! We had Elder Whiting and Elder Parrella from the Seventy come and speak to us. Elder Parrella is from Brazil, and was super funny! He apologized for his English (which his English was really good) by saying "I'm from Brazil so I have an excuse!!" And made everyone laugh a lot by sharing some super neat stories.

Zone Conference was also fun because I saw three of my past companions there. Elder Davis (when I was in Florence) Elder Johnson (when I was in Grants Pass) and Elder Atkinson (when I was in Oakridge). It was tons of fun to see all of them. You develop such a love for those whom you serve with. I count all my past comps as my brothers.

Friday night to Saturday we did exchanges. Those were so fun!! I loved being with my District Leader and his Comp. we had a blast and learned a lot. 

Sunday we had church, tracted, visited Coleton (a less active member) and we had dinner at a member's house who lives out in the middle of nowhere, so that was super fun, but it took all our time up

That about sums up my week. One of the Talks that was given at Zone Conference was about the character of Christ. The Character of Christ is to turn outward with Charity when our natural selves would turn inward. There are many examples of this in the scriptures, and in modern day application. The service work you're doing is an example of that. The natural man would stay in and only care for themselves and complain about the mess. The Character of Christ is to get out and serve. 

I'm so thankful that we have opportunities to serve and show our Christlike love. I'm so thankful for Jesus Christ and his Atonement that helps us become better. I want my words and my example to exemplify the example the Prophet Mormon gives, by saying 

"13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."

I love you and I miss you.

Elder Snyder


A special shoutout:

Happy 25th Anniversary!!!

I love you and dad so much. Thanks for sticking together for so long
and being an awesome team. I look up to you both so much, and I hope
to pattern my marriage and family after yours.

Love you lots!!

Elder Snyder